The Texans started up their second week of Organized Team Activities Tuesday morning, and aside from Kubiak's effusive praise for second-year guard Brandon Brooks and the defense's intercepting four passes, the biggest story was this:
Arian Foster strained his right calf, left the field, wrapped it in ice and rode a cart from the practice field over to the locker room at Reliant Stadium.
The injury does not appear to be serious.
Okay, now that we have that bit of news out of the way, allow me to get something off of my chest...
Just because Arian Foster, after an injury, was a passenger aboard a cart during the process of transporting him from the practice field back over to the main stadium does not mean that he was CARTED OFF OF THE FIELD, despite what many in the football-covering media would have you believe:
Arian Foster carted off from Texans practice with calf injury wp.me/p14QSB-94cZ
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 28, 2013
— SportsInjuryNews LLC (@SprtsInjuryNews) May 28, 2013
Airan Foster carted off practice field with ice around his calf.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) May 28, 2013
Arian Foster carted off Texans' practice field with calf injury http://t.co/Dx19HbmwjI
— Sporting News NFL (@sn_nfl) May 28, 2013
Texans RB Arian Foster carted off field with calf injury during practice on.si.com/11nhUJT
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 28, 2013
Foster carted off at Texans OTAs with calf injury http://t.co/7jHwnpSpDG
— NFL Daily Post (@NFLDailyPost) May 28, 2013
First, never mind that according to the accounts of those at the practice, Foster never even got on a cart until he was over on the sidelines, so factually and from a literal sense, saying he was "carted off the field" would be incorrect. There's that.
But clearly there is still a huge faction of the media that doesn't grasp the negative connotation that comes with the evil magic of the phrase "carted off." When a player shreds a knee ligament or tears a hamstring from the bone or is knocked senseless from a helmet-to-helmet hit and is subsequently peeled off the field of play and laid out on the back of a cart because he is unable to remove himself -- that player is CARTED OFF.
When a player gets on a cart because it is a more convenient, less painful, less taxing mode of transportation, that player is RIDING A CART, an act that by the way most fully healthy Texans players partake in at this time of year because...well, because the walk back over Kirby to Reliant fucking sucks and is too goddamn long in the summer heat.
So technically, if Foster was "carted off" the field Tuesday, so was a majority of the Texans roster, which surely would have sent the entire Houston football-loving fan base into collective suicide watch if a tweet had been sent from any of the media members saying that half the Texans roster was "carted off the field."
For what it's worth, Dr. Andre Johnson weighed in with his diagnosis on Foster's calf injury:
The Texans played down Foster's injury.
"If it was serious, we'd know it," wide receiver Andre Johnson said. "This wasn't serious."
Speaking of Andre Johnson, he was actually the last Texans player where a misconstrued "carted off" led to a near riot that played itself out on the phones of our radio show. A couple seasons ago, in training camp, Johnson was injured and taken away from the practice facility on a cart. The reporter for our station at the time called into our morning show and said, "Andre Johsnon was carted off the field."
The phone lines lit up, babies cried, the earth shook and the city damn near burned to the ground. ANDRE JOHNSON WAS CARTED OFF THE FIELD!!
As it turned out, Johnson had dislocated a finger and decided to hop on a cart to ride back over to Reliant, because...well, as I mentioned, walking back to Reliant blows.
Carted off....rode a cart...NOT the same thing.
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